There are some phone calls that change everything. Call them opportunities. Call them salutes to adventure. Call them once in a lifetime. Call them life-changing.

Late last year, Me to We called me (love you, David) to come and shoot a special guest in Kenya. I was intrigued. When they let me knew it was Demi Lovato, I didn’t hesitate. She was going back to Kenya to see how the rafiki necklaces—which are handmade by the Maasai mamas and Demi has been selling on her world tour—have been aiding the people. I’ve been to Africa three times prior. It was just over 10 years ago that I first visited a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana that altered my career path. The people there changed me. And this time, I knew what I wanted to capture. The people, the innate beauty, the happiness. I say that Africa refuels the soul. And to do that with a true pop star, like Demi, it would share a positive message and vibe to an even wider audience. And, well, it did.

I will be releasing limited runs of three framed prints from the trip. I will be sharing half of all proceeds raised back to Free The Children, just like the Me to We model.

Demi ended up sharing eight of these photographs to her 54 million fans on Instagram. A few of the shots even received over a million likes alone. Mindbending. Refinery 21 and a number of publications shared the story. And then it started to happen, I started to see the happiness. The positive vibes people were having with the photographs, with Demi’s work. I want to keep the story going.

I will be releasing limited runs of three framed prints from the trip. Basically, if you want one of these photos framed, I’ll print it for you. I will be sharing half of all proceeds raised back to We Charity, just like the Me to We model. Here’s to more love in the world. More happiness. Here are some of my favourite snaps from the trip. Click any photo to expand.

Written by Ryan Bolton

Ryan is a Toronto-based writer and photographer that likes to break the rules. His work has taken him around the world to do what he truly loves—storytelling. And drinking cold beer.

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